The Time of Contempt (The Witcher – Orion, nr. 4)
Geralt de Rivia a luptat contra monștrilor și a demonilor pentru multă vreme, dar nici el poate nu este pregătit cu adevărat pentru ceea ce urmează să i se întâmple lumii pe care o străbate.
Regii și armatele lor își pun în aplicare manevrele de luptă fiecare temându-se de celălalt. Intrigi, dezertori și rebeliuni se găsesc în fiecare tabără.
Elfii și alte făpturi non-umane încă suferă de pe urma decadelor de represiune la care au fost supuși, iar unitățile de gherilă bine ascunse în inima pădurii își înmulțesc membrii, dar și atacurile fulgerătoare.
Magicienii se luptă între ei, unii fiind în solda regilor, alții simpatizând cu cauza elfilor.
În acest climat de nesiguranță și teamă, Geralt și Yennefer, aleasa inimii lui trebuie să o protejeze pe Ciri, moștenitoarea orfană și vânată din toate părțile.
Deoarece profeția zace pe umerii ei și dincolo de viață sau moarte doar ea deține cheia puterii de a salva această lume.
Sau de a-i aduce sfârșitul.
Întreaga serie de cărți stă la baza jocului cu acelasi nume: The Witcher.
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Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides.
The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings, some sympathetic to the elves. And against this backdrop of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri, orphaned heir and sought by all sides.
For the prophecy rests on her, and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world - or perhaps end it.
Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt de Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton.
"One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I've ever read. Though it functions well as adventure fiction, it has added depth and value as satire and commentary on fantasy literature ... Sapkowski is a genuine stylist."—Nerds of a Feather
"Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended."—Time
"Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new ... fresh take on genre fantasy."—Foundation on The Last Wish
"A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!"—Dreamwatch
"Sapkowski has a phenomenal gift for narrative, inventing sensational events, creating a suggestive mood, and building up the suspense along with a dazzling, slightly cynical sense of humor."—Jacek Sieradzki, Polityka on The Last Wish
"Sapkowski's The Last Wish is a great collection of short stories centered around a witcher, Geralt - a rare sorcerous breed who hunts down the monstrous but is feared by the innocent. With a wondrous mix of Eastern European folklore and myth, beautiful princesses, mischievous demons and where all is not as it seems, The Last Wish is a great read - perfect for dipping into or just reading cover to cover, as I did."—Waterstones
"It is [his] world-weariness combined with his battle-honed powers that make Geralt such an interesting character. Here's hoping The Last Wish is merely the opening chapter in his English language adventures."—Edge
"I really, really enjoyed this book ... None of the characters in Sapkowski's world are black or white; they are all shades of grey, including Geralt and the monsters."—The Deckled Edge
"Sapkowski is very good at creating interesting, imaginative characters with unusual levels of depth to them ... The Last Wish is an enjoyable book full of stories both melancholy and comic."—The Wertzone
"This beautifully written character-based story from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski ... a refreshing champion."—The Specusphere
"New battle mechanics, a fantastic storyline, and a gritty setting make The Witcher one of the most engrossing, mature RPGs to arrive on the PC in years."—Gamespot.com on The Witcher video game